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Lancaster 2-3 York
With a successful year behind them, the Lancaster University Sailing Club had high hopes to retain their Roses title at Bolton Sailing Club.
The day began with a nice 10 knots of breeze, but spiralling wind directions meant the start was delayed until 11am.
The first race started off with the team looking a bit rusty and York taking full advantage with a 1-3-4 combination win. This defeat lead to a knock in morale and confidence for the second race which saw the team lose quite feebly, spelling a desperate need for a team chat.
Post chat and with what appeared to be some complacency from York, Lancaster started races three and four well. With both races being won 1-2-5, the score was tied at 2-2 going into the final deciding race. The home team had obviously rattled York’s cage as they themselves went for a team chat.
The final race was over pretty much before it had started, with some well thought out tactics from York and a miss-communication from some Lancaster members giving York the chance to convert a 2-3-4 into a 1-2-3. This continued throughout the race and eventually led to a York victory with Lancaster losing their hold on the Sailing trophy.
The newly put together second team had a chance to fight back for some pride, but in similar fashion they lost on the deciding race even though the race was a lot closer than its predecessor.
With positives to be taken and lessons learnt, the club are expecting a good season next season with what should end in the club taking back their Roses trophy.
First team – Sam Robinson (capt), Morgan Bromhead; Hannah Mitchell, Ben Cowey; Ben Monks & Matt Jackson.
Second team- James Allan, Lucy Morgan; James Dawson, Luke Williams; Alex Grievson & Jess Werrell.